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Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon: A 'Chronicle of the Time'

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A detailed account by the secretary to the festival committee of the extensive Tercentenary celebrations of Shakespeare's birth held in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1864. The jubilee, inspired by Garrick's of 1769, included performances of several of the plays in a specially built pavilion on the Paddock in Southern Lane. There was also a banquet, a ball, fireworks, church services, a pageant and several concerts. Planning was fraught with difficulties and disagreements such as the committee's refusal to provide the ...

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A detailed account by the secretary to the festival committee of the extensive Tercentenary celebrations of Shakespeare's birth held in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1864. The jubilee, inspired by Garrick's of 1769, included performances of several of the plays in a specially built pavilion on the Paddock in Southern Lane. There was also a banquet, a ball, fireworks, church services, a pageant and several concerts. Planning was fraught with difficulties and disagreements such as the committee's refusal to provide the pageant (organised in the end by the townsfolk) and walked a financial tightrope. The event nevertheless was a success and paved the way for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, opened in 1879. A short biography of the playwright, with an assessment of previous biographies, a topographical narrative of the town and description of the three previous jubilees held there (especially Garrick's) provide context and the perspective of the time.

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Part I. Memoir of Shakespeare; Part II. Stratford: A Walk Through the Town: 1. The Church; 2. Anne Hathaway's cottage; 3. Shakespeare's birthplace; 4. Retrospective glance at the town; Part III. The Former Jubilees: 5. Garrick's 1769; 6. Second celebration 1827; 7. Third celebration 1830; Part IV. The Tercentenary Celebration: Its Origin, Formation of the Committee, and History of their Labours: 8. Mr Phelps and the Stratford-upon-Avon committee; 9. President and vice-presidents; 10. Local and monumental memorial committees; 11. Fancy dress ball – Lady patronesses, patrons and stewards; 12. Preliminary programme; 13. Fetcher correspondence; 14. The grand pavilion; 15. Preparations of the townspeople; 16. The Shakespearian picture gallery; 17. The festival – first day: Saturday; 18. The festival – second day: Sunday; 19. The festival – third day: Monday; 20. The festival – fourth day: Tuesday; 21. The festival – fifth day: Wednesday; 22. The festival – sixth day: Thursday; 23. The festival – seventh day: Friday; 24. The festival – eighth day: Saturday; 25. The festival – ninth day: Monday; 26. The festival – tenth day: Tuesday; 27. The festival – eleventh day: Wednesday; 28. The festival – the finale; List of contributors; Sale of pavilion.

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